1. What is Invokana?
While many drugs targeting Type 2 diabetes work to increase insulin, Invokana is designed to stop glucose from being reabsorbed into the blood via the kidneys. Instead of reabsorbing the glucose, the patient flushes away the glucose via urination. Invokana facilitates this process by blocking a kidney-based protein from reabsorbing the sugars.
2. What are the known side effects of Invokana?
In 2014, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) issued a warning about adverse reactions stemming from the use of Invokana. The agency reported that within the first year of the prescription’s release, more than 450 serious and harmful event reports were filed with a majority being kidney failure.
The following year, in May of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that Invokana may cause too much acid in the blood known as diabetic ketoacidosis. The over-production of acid in the blood stream creates high toxicity within the body, which could lead to difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, confusion, unusual sleepiness / fatigue. Patients taking Invokana who experience these symptoms are instructed to seek immediate medical attention.
A few months later, in September of2015, the FDA strengthened its warning for Invokana in relation to bone fractures, as the drug has been proven to decrease bone mineral density. Fractures can occur as early as 12 weeks after initial use of Invokana. The decreases in bone mineral density occur throughout the human frame but are likely to happen at the spine or hip.
Other side effects of Invokana include:
- Low blood sugar when used with other diabetes medicines
- Increased cholesterol in the blood
- Serious allergic reaction
- Kidney stones
- Yeast infections
3. Lawsuits associated with Invokana
Currently, there have not been any lawsuits brought to trial that have settled damages caused by Invokana injuries. However, given the serious nature of these potential side effects, attorneys are actively accepting cases involving the development of kidney failure, diabetic ketoacidosis, and extreme bone fracture injuries while taking Invokana. If you feel you were injured by this drug, speaking with an attorney as soon as possible is imperative as there is a time limit to file lawsuits.
Getting Legal Help
If you or a family member has experienced adverse effects of Invokana, or its use has resulted in personal injury or harm, you may be able to obtain an award through a settlement or trial verdict. Every case is different, and there is no outcome is guaranteed but consulting a qualified attorney about your legal options is recommended.